Muldersdrift lies in the heart of the pretty Kromdraai Valley, a beautiful country oasis on the outskirts of Johannesburg. It is an ideal place to stay when visiting the city, it borders the outer suburbs of Northgate and offers easy access to Sandton, Fourways, Johannesburg city central, Hartbeepoort and even Pretoria.
The area is home to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and forms part of the Crocodile Ramble, a scenic tourist route running alongside the Crocodile River. The Cradle of Humankind is rich in cultural, historical and natural attractions. Visitors can visit the Maropeng Centre, the Wonder Caves and Sterkfontein Caves and view wildlife at the Rhino & Lion Park and Aloe Ridge Game Reserve, all within close proximity of each other – Muldersdrift has no shortage of attractions and activities for visitors!
If you enjoy shopping and arts and crafts, Muldersdrift has a few quirky craft shops and cultural villages to browse through. The Ngwenya Glass Village and Lesedi Cultural Village will introduce visitors to the traditions and cultures of South Africa through tours and demonstrations and offers lunches and plenty of shopping! Ngwenya is also home to Gilroy’s Brewery, which offers entertaining tasting sessions of its award-winning brews. Be sure to book for this in advance, especially on weekends.
Muldersdrift boasts some excellent restaurants including Casalinga and The Carnivore and because of the charm of this tranquil environment, Muldersdrift has become a popular wedding and conference venue, as well as a place to stay for travellers wanting a quiet base from which to easily visit most of Johannesburg and Pretoria. The area offers all types of accommodation options.
Things to do and see
- Shepherd’s Fold Stables
- Walkhaven Dog Park
- Copperlake Breweries
- Gilroy Beer Tasting
- Happy Island Waterworld
- Klooftzicht Lodge Fly Fishing
- Ngwenya Glass Village
- Oori Nature Reserve
- Honeydew Mazes
- Sugarbush Day Trails
- Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, 10 km
- Krugersdorp Bungee Mogale, Burma Bridge & Bridge Swing, 12 km
- Cradle of Humankind, 15 km
Muldersdrift receives approximately 759 mm of rain annually with the majority falling during the Summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 29˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 3˚C and 22˚C.
There are daily flights into Lanseria International Airport, approximately 17 km away via the R512 and N14 and into Johannesburg’s O R Tambo International Airport approximately 85 km away via the R21 and N14. Car Hire facilities are available at the airport.
Muldersdrift was formed on a “drift”, a ford or safe and shallow place where people could cross the Crocodile River. The river crossing point was on an old wagon route stretching from Pretoria all the way to Potchefstroom.
The area was said to have been settled in from 1850 as farmland and was established in 1866 as a town. The town was named after the Mulder family who camped close to the river when they were unable to across the drift due to flooding.
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